Beer & Wine

Miami's Best St. Patrick's Day Restaurant Celebrations

Where are you headed March 17?
Where are you headed March 17? Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg
St. Patrick's Day falls on a Saturday this year, which means the holiday will be one massive shitshow. And although Miami isn't exactly known for its Irish culture, we'll use any excuse to party. So whether you're into block parties brimming with green beer, buzzing bars serving shots of Jameson, or festive spots offering corned beef, try your Irish luck at one of these St. Pat's Day celebrations. Unless specified, events and specials happen Saturday, March 17.

Las Rosas St. Paddy's Day Music Fest. The Allapattah dive will host one hell of a show with local acts such as Dama Vicke and Jacuzzi Boys. From 6 p.m. to close, bands will rock out till the early morning, free of charge. Grab two-for-one Irish Car Bombs or ($7) Jameson specials, and prepare to do the Irish jig all night. 2898 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; 786-780-2700;

Flanigan's Surfside. The local chain of sports bars known for its wings and ribs is a natural choice for Irish festivities. Head to the Surfside location for $1 off Guinness specials all month. On St. Paddy's Day at noon, catch the Flanigan's team arriving on the "Leprechaun Express" to hand out gift cards for the most festive outfits. And don't forget to nosh on corned beef and cabbage ($14.99). 9516 Harding Ave., Surfside; 305-867-0099;

Beers & Fears Movie Event at O Cinema Wynwood
. Nothing says St. Patrick's Day like a hellbent leprechaun and pints of Guinness. Join Popcorn Frights Film Festival and O Cinema this Friday, March 16, for a 25th-anniversary screening of Leprechaun, followed by a live Skype interview with the film's director, Mark Jones. Get your tickets for $12 and Guinness for $3. Showtime is 11:30 p.m. 90 NW 29th St., Miami; 305- 571-9970;

Jameson St. Pat's Wynwood Block Party. The block party, located in the Wynwood Marketplace, will offer a pop-up green beer garden, live street art, food trucks, and vendors selling local arts and crafts. Dance to the sounds of local DJs while tossing back Jameson shots. The festivities begin at noon and are free to the public, but paid party packages that include drink specials and swag start at $19 and are available through Eventbrite. 2250 NW Second Ave., Miami;

St. Patrick's Day Riverside Festival at the Wharf. Enjoy the day behind a box of Mojo Donuts and a pint of stout at the Wharf. The open-air venue along the river will host its inaugural St. Patrick's Day Riverside Festival. From noon till 2 a.m., guests can enjoy the sounds of DJ Irie and nosh on bites from a variety of food trucks, including Garcia's Raw Bar and the King of Racks BBQ. Entry before 3 p.m. is free with registration at Eventbrite. 114 SW North River Dr., Miami; 305-906-4000;;

The Mighty. Start the night off right with some Bushmills Irish coffee. From 5 p.m. to midnight, the neighborhood haunt will serve the much-needed pick-me-up for $8, along with complimentary Bushmill whiskey tastings. Add in some festive swag and giveaways, and you've found yourself the pot o' gold. 2224 Coral Way, Miami; 305-570-4311;

Bougainvillea's Irish State of Mind Party.
Bougie's South Miami block party returns for another year of free debauchery. Expect $5 green beer and drink specials, along with an outdoor concert by the Khemistry Band. Make sure to ask your bartender how to enter to win a barrel of Jameson Cask Mates, which will be raffled off at the end of the night. The party starts at 2 p.m., and happy hour runs from 4 to 8. 7221 SW 58th Ave., South Miami; 305-669-8577;

Tap 42.
All Tap 42 locations will offer brunch on St. Patrick's Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Expect favorites such as green eggs and ham Benedict and a Prohibition burger. Add bottomless mimosas, bloody marys, or Funky Buddha Floridians for $20. Stay for the all-day Irish happy hour to enjoy $2 off Guinness, Jameson, breakfast shots, and baby Guinness shots. 3301 NE First Ave., Miami; 305-709-5000;

Brimstone Woodfire Grill at CityPlace Doral. On St. Paddy's Day from 2 to 10 p.m., enjoy an Irish feast including a ten-ounce marinated strip steak with cabbage, roasted potatoes, and carrots ($54). Wash it down with green beer ($6) or a Shamrock ($14), made with fresh fruit, Midori, and champagne. 8300 NW 36th St.,
Doral; 786-837-8960;

Gulfstream Park $2 Beer Crawl. Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m., Gulfstream Park will host a St. Patrick's Day beer crawl. Guests 21 and older can pick up a lucky passport at Champions Plaza and then enjoy select $2 beers at eight Gulfstream Park bars and restaurants. 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach; 954-454-7000;

The Seven Dials. Stop in for authentic Irish food all weekend, including Sunday brunch. Stuff yourself with corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, potted shrimp, boxty potatoes, colcannon, fish and chips, bangers and mash, shepherd's pie, and more. 2030 S. Douglas Rd., Coral Gables; 786-542-1603;

The Butcher Shop. Enjoy a special Saturday brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. offering an Irish breakfast of bangers, eggs, roasted potatoes, and gravy for $12. Unlimited mimosas, bloody Igors, and white sangria costs $20. Find green beer pitchers, corned beef nachos, and Cigar City Jai-Alai specials all day. 165 NW 23rd St.,
Miami; 305-846-9120;

Phuc Yea. Cure your St. Pat's Day hangover at Phuc Yea's this Sunday, March 18. From 4 to 9 p.m., soak up the previous night's alcohol with char siu roast pork shanks and other goodies ($6 to $30). Sip Estrella Damm and Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey drinks ($7), and enjoy tunes spun by DJ Theysay. 7100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-602-3710;
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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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Attorney by day, foodie by night, Elena Vivas is a regular food and beverage contributor for Miami New Times. She was also an expert columnist for Foodable TV and a food editor for
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